As this pregnancy continues on, so does the rapid rounding-out of my abdomen (today’s issue = not being able to zip my jacket without over-taxing the zipper). Feeling quite like Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Pluses to this expansion are that a. the pregnancy is progressing on schedule and b. the real estate options for my pump site and Dexcom sensor are literally broadening. Which is useful, since my adhesive rash is in full rawr mode.
In response to rashes that are taking weeks to heal properly (they aren’t oozing or anything gross, but a particularly cold day or a too-hot shower will make the area where the sensor and any tape was get madly scaly, red, and itchy), I’ve needed to really mix up where my diabetes devices are applied. I put a sensor on my lower left-side abdomen for the first time in almost a decade and it hurt like hell going in but did not leave a residual rash when I removed it.
First Dexcom sensor abdomen site in 8 years. Remembered why I avoid this area instantly, but needed new real estate. #painfulapplication
— Kerri / Diabetes (@sixuntilme) March 30, 2016
New skin holds up better than my favored spots, but with only seven days of wear and an aversion to abdomen sites, it’s getting tricky. At the Friends for Life Falls Church conference in DC this past weekend, there was discussion in several groups about rash strategies, but I can’t recall everything that everyone said. (If you have tips on dealing with skin irritation, please share them!)
I am seeing a dermatologist again this week to see if they can offer any relief/advice/assistance, so there is hope. For now, Toughpads, DermaSarra lotion, and site rotation are my best defense. Because hope remains an itch I refuse to scratch … especially when there are so many other bits of me that need scritch-scratching.